Monday, 10 May 2021

Voter ID

VOTER ID

I was, well not surprised, but disappointed to hear that UK government intends to mandate photo ID for voting, supposedly to combat voter fraud. As electoral fraud figures are negligible anyway - and fraud relating to attempts to vote under the wrong name infinitesimal - we are left with the unfortunate conclusion that this is really another way to ensure the marginalised do not vote. 

Electoral Fraud Figures UK
*Conviction figures from House of Commons briefing paper 'Electoral Fraud since 2010'. It also shows that most reported offences are around campaigning, and the vast majority are no further actioned for lack of evidence.

To be honest, I personally think voting should be mandatory. You can spoil your ballot, but you should have to make the effort to vote. I don't even have a moral problem with ID cards - so long as they're provided by the government free of charge. But many people do. It especially goes against the Libertarian line the government likes to champion.

Still, back to costs. In Northern Ireland, for example, where photo ID is mandatory, you can apply for a free electoral identity card. It's still time consuming and of questionable societal value but, if that's the route a government wants to take, there must be a similar option available. 

There has, as yet, been no accompanying announcement in the UK.

I'm not holding my breath.

In the UK you have a number of existing options for photographic ID. Most of them serve only a very specific subsection of the population:

 - Photographic Driving Licence.
 - Passport.
 - Proof of Age Standards Scheme PASS Card.
 - Military Identification Card.
 - Police Identification Card.
 - Firearms Licence. 
 - Photographic Public Transport Passes.

If you included all of the above, per the government's own figures, 7.5% of the electorate (i.e. 3.5 million people) would still have no valid photographic ID. If you limit it to passports and driving licences, as is likely to be the case, 24% of the electorate wouldn't have any.

When I tweeted about the problem somebody replied that I could get a provisional driver's licence for £34 - providing I applied online, postal applications cost £43. But I don't drive. I have no intention of learning to do so. Combined with the fact there is no legal obligation to accept a provisional driver's licence as proof of ID, it seems a complete waste of money.

(Google failed to provide me with a handy list, but just off the top of my head most major banks will only accept provisional licences as proof of address, not proof of ID. Until full details are released, we don't even know if it would be accepted proof of ID for voting. You can't use them as proof of ID when dealing with estate claims, business transactions, etc.)

Passports are more useful. I even have one - it's just that it expired some eight years ago. They are legal ID and could potentially be used to spend some time away from this insular looking island at some point in the future. But they are also more expensive. Online application will cost you £85.50. Postal applications are £95. 

That's about a week's income on universal credit. 

It's nearly a third of my weekly income and I'm in work.

I mean, I am literally an elected politician. That is my source of income. But if this proposal were to become law tomorrow I would not be able to vote in an election I was standing in.

Sigh. I suppose I could be pleasantly surprised when the full details are released to find they have a no cost route all lined up, tested and ready to implement. I just wouldn't want to bet on it...

Sunday, 9 May 2021

This Week - 11/12/2020

Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune the cost of which should be shared by the community.
(The quote is actually from a piece about Bevan by Thomas Humphrey Marshall, but the point still stands!)



The main news of the week - aside from sanity prevailing and Wales kicking out UKIP, Abolish, etc in the Senedd election - is that I got my first Pfizer jab yesterday afternoon! I'm enjoying a few side effects at the moment (man, my arm) but it's totally worth it.

It really does feel like I'm at a turning point after a pretty terrible eighteen months or so of Covid-19 crisis plus bad mental health. 

The rest of the week has been kind of unremarkable. Trips to the park, trying out hair chalks and a marble nails kit with Marianna, watching Prop Culture on Disney+... I had school governors on Monday and it was only as I began the pre-committee meeting that I realised I actually had two scheduled for the same time. Given that I'm the chair at Maendy I had to email some rather sheepish apologies for the one at Croesyceiliog Secondary. 

On the blog I posted guides to LIM TOYS action figures and doll magazines past and present, a round up of what I read in April, an election results post, and scans of Just Seventeen from 04/09/1985. This week's Welsh UFO sightings list was for 1995. 



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Saturday, 8 May 2021

Today is a Good Day

Mark Drakeford and Captain Beany - The Telegraph

When I started the endless page refreshing yesterday afternoon I felt kind of sick when Labour lost the Vale of Clwyd to the Conservatives. My worst fear for this election was that the upsurge in support for #indywales, while awesome, would split the progressive vote and allow the Conservatives to pick off key constituencies. If UKIP, Abolish, and their ilk did well on the list the potential outcome looked bleaker and bleaker.

But, as the hours crawled by, a completely different picture began emerging.

Labour held the rest of their constituency seats, and even won Rhondda from Plaid Cymru. Majorities increased - Mark Drakeford's share of the vote went up by some 10,000 votes in Cardiff West - while anti-devolution party candidates simply lost their deposits. 

Wales delivered a pretty clear message that what passes for good conduct in Westminster isn't going to wash here. We want different things from our leaders. 

We deserve better.

It all makes me sound so party political, but it's just that for too long it's been a race to the bottom in UK politics. Who can be the most outrageous - the most offensively ignorant - and so score the most media coverage? It began with 'I'm only telling it like it is', and spiralled down to the point where people like Ben Bradley are sitting in parliament.

(Can you believe he stood in the Mansfield council elections and won. With the votes of the same people he openly claims would sooner trade food vouchers for smack than feed their children. I like to think no constituency in Wales would be so generous as to give him an extra income on top of his £82k a year after a statement like that.)

I'm actually hoping for more collaboration this term. Mature debate, and challenge, and compromise. There's room in Welsh politics for fun and games. Who isn't pleased to see Captain Beany back, brighter and bolder than ever? But, you know, buckle down when the time comes. Get on with the job.

Westminster will doubtless be putting on a floor show for us. Let's focus on moving forward.


For me this vid sums up what Welsh politics wants to achieve - from all quarters - it's not about doing the bare minimum and patting yourself on the back. It's about making genuine change and improvement. The way might not be easy, and the going might not be smooth. But that's no reason not to even set out on the journey...

Friday, 7 May 2021

Doll Magazines

Doll Magazine Guide

AKA magazines about dolls. There aren't as many as there once were, but there are still plenty of titles out there to suit all kinds of doll aficionados...

Being a notorious cheapskate I very rarely buy magazines these days, though I do like to keep up with the online titles. It's good to know what's out there though, and potential places to check for competitions, submission requests, etc.

(If you're looking for magazines *for* dolls, check out my mini mart review series!)



AIM Artisans in Miniature Magazine

Artisans in Miniature 

Free monthly doll house miniatures e-magazine launched in 2009. Now closed (2019) but the huge archive is available to read.
 


American Miniaturist Magazine

American Miniaturist

The leading miniature magazine, American Miniaturist publishes on a monthly basis. A print subscription will set you back over £100 a year, but the digital version is pretty reasonable at £30. Check out their website for free sample issues.

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Antique Doll Collector Magazine

Antique Doll Collector

ADC has been around since 1999 and is still going strong. This monthly magazine covers all kinds of dolls, from wooden to bisque to plastic, just so long as they're, you know, old. You can get a print subscription from $85 in the UK and digital for $35. They have free sample digital issues to try them out too. (Formerly Antique Doll World.) For broader coverage you can also try out Antique Toy World.

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Art Doll Quarterly Magazine

Art Doll Quarterly

Publishing is kind of sporadic, but it is still going as Art Doll. Issues contain over 100 pages and cover artisan made dolls of all mediums. Print issues are around £20 for international customers, or you can get digital issues for around £5.

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British Doll Showcase Magazine

British Doll Showcase

Launched in 2004, British Doll Showcase is an A4 magazine with 50 pages, published quarterly. An annual subscription, including postage, is £21.

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Discover Dolls

Discover Dolls

This UK based magazine is published three times a year, and focuses particularly on reborn dolls. You can get a print subscription for £30, or digital - which includes access to the online archive - for £10. 

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Doll Advertiser

Billed as 'the UK's premier doll magazine', it is A4 sized with 64 pages and is published twice a year, in April and September. It covers all kinds of dolls, from antique to modern. A UK annual subscription is £15.   

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Doll Castle News Magazine

Doll Castle News

Established in 1961, I think this must be a contender for longest running doll magazine! It's still family run too. <3 The magazine is published bi-monthly, and UK subscriptions cost $60. There is also a bi-monthly email newsletter anyone can sign up for.      

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Dollhouse Miniatures Magazine

Dollhouse Miniatures

"The world’s leading dollhouse magazine features 84 stunning pages of content from maker profiles and photo galleries to mini projects and more." Originally launched as Nutshell News back in 1970, it is now published six times a year, a UK print subscription will cost you £69.99. Digital subscriptions are £29.99. 

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Doll News

"DOLL NEWS is the official journal of the United Federation of Doll Clubs and is well respected world-wide. The magazine is published quarterly and is filled with original research and informative articles about all areas of dolls and doll collecting." Paid up UFDC members can read it online.

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DOLLS Magazine

DOLLS

DOLLS magazine has 48 pages and covers all kinds of dolls, though is particularly associated with BJDs. Published eight times a year, you can get a digital subscription for $9.95 or a print sub for $29.95 plus postage. 

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Dolls Beautiful Magazine

DOLLS Beautiful

The quarterly e-magazine of the Doll Artisan Guild. Membership costs $42.95 a year.

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Dolls House and Miniature Scene Magazine

Dolls House and Miniature Scene

The UK's best miniatures magazine - if they say so themselves! Part of the Hobbies and Crafts magazine range, you can buy the print magazine in stores for £4.99, or get an annual subscription for £47.99. The digital subscriptions offer access to their entire digital archive, going back 10 years or so.

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Dolls House Nederland Magazine

Dolls House Nederland

Launched in 2005, this Dutch doll house miniatures magazine is published monthly. Even if you don't speak Dutch, you can still enjoy looking through their online back catalogue which is all available in pdf format. Another Dutch title to check out is Poppenhuizen & Miniaturen.

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Dolls House World

Dolls House World Magazine

"The world's leading dolls house magazine features 84 stunning pages of content from maker profiles and photo galleries to mini projects and more." It was the UK's first miniatures magazine and still publishes monthly. You can get a print subscription for £69.99 or a digital for £42.99.

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Dollslife Magazine

Dollslife

Free e-magazine by and for the Instagram doll community.

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Dollybird Magazine

Dollybird

Japanese doll magazine - I don't understand a word but it sure looks pretty! Other Japanese titles worth checking out include Dolly Dolly and My Doll House.
 
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Endora Fashion Doll Magazine

Endora

Newly launched free fashion doll e-magazine! It was seeing their announcement that gave me the idea to do this post. :)

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Fashion Doll Quarterly

Fashion Doll Quarterly

Launched in 2003, this title actually folded last year. I'm including it on the list as it was very recent and you can still buy back issues and download free sample issues online.

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International Doll Artists Magazine

"IDA magazine is dedicated to promoting the doll industry and the many artists and styles that make this industry so diverse and incredible. Our main focus is on art dolls, sharing the creative musings from artists from all over the world. Articles inside will include artist tutorials and articles on topics that are important to doll makers." Issued four times a year, a print subscription is $75.00 or $19.95 for digital. 

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Miniature Gazette Magazine

Miniature Gazette

The publication of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, currently published six times a year. Digitised issues more than two years old are free to read online HERE.

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Shrunk Doll House Miniatures Magazine

Shrunk

The magazine for modern doll house miniatures. Launched in 2020 following a Kickstarter campaign, this is one magazine I do actually intend to buy at some point - it is, after all, very relevant to my interests. Print issues are £7, digital are £3.99.

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Stand Lookbook

STAND Lookbook

"Celebrating the variety and diversity of ball-jointed and fashion dolls, this bi-monthly, curated publication features some of the most talented photographers and artists from around the globe." They are designed to be more coffee table art book than magazine, and cost $21 an issue - or you can flick through some of it online for free.

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Toy News Magazine

Toy News

Toy trade magazines are great for keeping up to date with what's happening in the world of playline. Plus you can read them for free online. :)

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Toy World Magazine

Toy World

"The business magazine with a passion for toys." More licensing and toy retail news than you can shake a stick at. Relevant businesses can apply for a free print subscription, everybody else can read it online via issuu.

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Toys n Playthings Magazine

Toys n Playthings

"Toys n Playthings magazine is your essential monthly trade update, packed full of features, news and insights." You can read it online for free.

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DEFUNCT MAGAZINES

★ American Girl Magazine. (1992 - 2019)
★ Annie's Fashion Doll Crochet Club Newsletter. (1995 - c. 1998)
★ Australian Doll Digest. (c. 1985 - 2002)
★ Australian Dolls, Bears and Collectables. (1994 - 2017)
★ BAMBINI: The Friendly Little Doll Magazine. (1974 - 1982)
★ Barbie Bazaar / Collector. (1988 - 2008)
★ Blythe Living. (2016 - 2017)
The Cloth Doll. (1982 - 1994)
★ Contemporary Doll Magazine / Collector. (1990 - 2012)
Creative Miniaturist. (2014 - 2015)
★ Doll Artisan, for the porcelain doll maker. (1977 - 2003)
★ Doll Artistry. (2011 - 2013)
★ Doll Crafter and Costuming. (2006 - 2010) / Doll Costuming. ('01 - '05) / Doll Crafter. (1983 - 2005)
★ Doll Life. (1991 - 1994)
★ Doll Maker. (2002 - c. 2004) / Doll Maker's Workshop (1986 - 2002)
★ Dollmaking. (1996 - 1998 ) / Dollmaking: Crafts & Designs. ('94 - '96) / Doll Designs. ('87 - '94) / Dollmaking: Projects & Plans. (1985 - 1994) / National Doll World Omnibook. (1979 - 1987)
★ DollPro: solutions for the modern doll artist. (c. 1993 - 1999)
Doll Reader. (1978 - 2012)
★ Doll World. (1992 - 2003) / International Doll World. (90 - 92) / National Doll World. (1977 - 1990)
★ Dolls' Houses Past and Present. (2009 - 2020)
★ Dolls in Miniature. (1991 - 2003)
Gildebrief. (1987 - 2015)
★ Haute Doll. (2004 - 2016)
★ Hello Dolly. (2009 - 2010)
★ International Doll Revue. (1978 - 1979)
It's a Doll's Life. (2013 - 2014)
Lifelike Dolls. (2008)
★ Living Dolls, the international doll collectors' magazine. (c. 1975 - ?)
★ Milady In Miniature: Doll Fashions and News. (1964 - 1973)
★ Miniature Collector. (1977 - 2018)
★ Miniature Magazine. (1976 - 1982)
★ The Miniature Way. (2010 - 2011)
★ Miniatures Showcase. (1986 - 1993)
★ PUPPEN & Spielzeug. (1978 - 2019)
★ Puppenmagazin. (1987 - 2012)
★ Sindy Magazine (c. 1986 - 1988)
★ Soft Dolls and Animals. (1996 - 2017)
★ THAT Doll Magazine. (2013 - 2014)
ToyFare. (1997 - 2011)

Haute Doll Magazine

PARTWORKS:

★ At Home with Hello Kitty - RBA Coleccionables.
★ Discover the World with Barbie.
★ Disney Dollhouse - Hatchette.
★ Dolls' House Step by Step - Del Prado. 
★ Porcelain Dolls - Deagostini.
★ Ultimate Doll's House - Deagostini.
★ Victorian Dolls' House Collector.
★ The Wonderful World of Sindy - Hatchette.
★ Your Dream Doll's House - Del Prado. 



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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Welsh UFO Sightings 1995

Welsh UFO Sightings

Welsh UFO sightings from 1995. For sightings from other years please click HERE.

Margaret Fry helped establish the Welsh Federation of Independent Ufologists this year. As a write up in the Wales on Sunday (01/01/95) put it, "after a personality clash at BUFORA, which culminated in its director being ousted, Margaret and a number of her friends have left to establish the WFIU." Meanwhile, Kerry Blower of Cwmbran had set up the Alien Acknowledgement Committee:

Western Mail 04/02/1995

Kerry's South Wales UFO Group built on their success of the previous year to host another conference. Here is the advert from BUFORA UFO Times #34:

South Wales UFO Conference 1995




CONTACT
1995
Rhyl

This is the tale of a sighting that wasn't! Witnesses reported they saw a UFO with windows... it turned out to be a dirigible from Anglesey with lettering on the side.  

Margaret Fry wrote up the case in her book, Link to the Stars:

My friend Christine Rowe of Rhyl has poor eyesight. She was taking her dogs for their morning walk in 1995 when she saw a strange object gliding slowly just above the roof tops of the houses to the side of her. Rhyl, North Wales is a busy seaside town and one of the largest in North Wales. 

Christine could see it had huge windows. She stopped a road cleaner on a bike and asked him if he could see it, he refused to look up and mumbled that it must be a balloon, and the condition of these roads is shocking, potholes etc…  

Her husband, being my fellow colleague and UFO investigator got the local newspaper to print a small piece about it. A couple, who were on holiday in a caravan site at Prestatyn responded and said it was a dirigible; they had seen it, but no one else had apparently noticed. 

Gary went to considerable trouble to trace this dirigible to having been manufactured in the Isle of Anglesey. What Christine’s poor eyesight had mistaken for windows was huge raised lettering. This dirigible was travelling at a height of 70 feet off the ground, through several North Wales seaside towns, the Isle of Anglesey, Abergele, Rhyl, Prestatyn and as far down the coast as Holywell, yet only 3 people saw it! 

Few people bother to look up into the sky and note what is there, they then plaintively ask, ‘why don’t I see UFOs?’ So that when people do, they can easily mistake dirigibles for UFOs. On the other hand what a person might think is a dirigible turns out to be a UFO.



PRESS
Friday March 17th, 20:50
Corwen, Clwyd  

A young man from Chirk had visited his girlfriend in nearby Corwen. He was cycling home when he was forced to stop due to massive vibrations on the road and saw two UFOs in the sky. One slowly approached him. He described it as looking like a 'long car' which let off sparks in the air when it hit the road.

It then came along the right hand side of the road below a forested area, stopping opposite to where he was standing in a lay-by. He described eight 'strange men' in the craft, varying in height from 5'7" to 6'6", dressed in leather thigh-length jackets. They had different faces - as humans do - and, based on a drawing the witness produced, appeared to be middle aged to elderly.

Two beings then climbed down from the craft and spoke to him, so that 'he froze with fear'. The beings spoke a foreign language, but somehow conveyed that they had lost someone and needed his help to locate them. The next thing the man remembered it was 22:30, almost two hours later, and he was 50 yards further along the road with his bicycle. Shaken, he went to Llangollen and phoned his mother.

Eric Morris of the Cheshire based UFO Studies Group investigated the case and found more than 20 trees that had been broken at various points along their length. Ron Lalek, another member of the group, subsequently saw the man on a number of occasions and was convinced he was telling the truth.

Margaret Fry wrote about the case in her book, Who Are They?

On Friday 17th March 1995 the Denbighshire Press printed an account about a youth from a village called Chirk near Corwen. He had been on his cycle, returning home from seeing his girlfriend, about 8.50p.m. 

On the A5 between Llangollen and Corwen, there are high-forested mountains, rising steeply from the road. At one point there is a distinctive scree, with a maintenance hut or building just below it on the road, above all this is a reservoir. 

It was here the youth stopped to watch a long strange craft descending from the top and along the scree down to the road. It was what he could only describe as a long car, which when it hit the road, let off sparks in the air. It then came along the right hand side of the road below the forested area, and stopped opposite him where he was standing at the lay-by. 

There were eight Beings in this of varying heights 6ft 6inches to 5ft 7inches. They had different types of faces as humans do. Large foreheads, smaller or larger noses, thicker lips etc. They were dressed in leather thigh-length jackets. From the excellent drawings the youth did, they all looked middle-aged, to elderly. Two Beings got out and approached him and spoke to him in their own language, but it seemed to be conveyed to him that they had lost somebody, and required his help to locate him. 

The events after this were hazy for the youth, at one stage he seemed to think the whole ‘long car’ went up into the woods in the mountain above the road. The trees are densely packed there, so did it shrink to nothing in order to achieve this? 

The young man then found himself and his cycle 50 yards further along the road, and he noted it was 10.30p.m. he was feeling shaken and went into Llangollen to phone his mother. He had lost 1 hour 50 minutes he could not account for. This occurred in September 1994. 

I do not get this local newspaper, so the first I heard of it was through The Cheshire UFO Studies Group. Eric Morris is a psychiatric nurse, and his Group members and he thoroughly investigated the case. They felt that as this youth was an unsophisticated village boy he would not have invented such a story. He did not refer to these Beings as Aliens, but as strange men. 

Later at one of our three monthly Social Evenings, Eric came and gave the Welsh Federation of Independent Ufologists, North Wales branch a full account of what transpired. Ron Lalek one of the Investigators, now our WFIU representative in Flintshire, discussed this case with me in depth.  He subsequently saw this youth on a number of occasions, and believes this did happen to him and thought I should write about it. 

Gary Rowe, long time researcher and co-founder with me of the Welsh Federation, and I felt peeved that we had not been invited at the onset to investigate this with the Cheshire Group, for they had come over the border to visit this young man. 

Since the advent of the Internet, more UFO Conferences in major cities of Britain, and glossy UFO Magazines on bookstalls, Ufologists all over Britain have more access to other county cases. It should still be a courtesy to contact the local Investigators and inform them of what has occurred in their own backyard, and offer to conduct the investigation with them. 
Even if the witness or abductee do not wish to see more than the initial person contacted, the courtesy to inform the local investigator should be extended before rather than after the event. 

Denbighshire Free Press 17/03/1995



CONTACT
January 6th, 00:30
Llandudno
 
The witness went out into his garden at 12.30am to call in his cats, and his attention was grabbed by a bright light zig-zagging going towards Liverpool Bay, where it stopped. The witness called for his daughter, and she went out with binoculars. 

The object was visible as a large triangle with many lights, which still remained stationary over the bay. The object remained for 45minutes until it ascended at tremendous speed.

*Think of the date - at 6. 48pm a brightly lit triangular UFO buzzed the now famous flight into Manchster. *

Source: Margaret Fry investigated the case and submitted her report to Awareness V21/N4.



PRA
January 16th, 22:45 
Llanyravon, Cwmbran

A boomerang-shaped craft was seen moving over Llanyravon, Cwmbran, displaying orange lights.



BUFORA
March 10th
Johnstown, Wrexham

A woman saw a UFO in the skies above the village and reported it to the British UFO Studies Centre at Winsford in Cheshire.  

Wrexham Evening Leader 13/03/1995



MOD FILES
March 12th, 22:20
Fairwater, Cardiff

Witness, along with their two neighbours, son and daughter, saw a spinning top shaped UFO, as bright as a star but bigger. The centre of the object was spinning with red, blue, green and purple lights. They reported the sighting to Cardiff police and were given an incident number.

The MOD report notes that nothing was seen on radar.

DEFE-24-1961



MOD FILES
March 12th, 22:30
Merthyr Tydfil

Witness saw a very bright, stationary UFO in the night sky. The object changed colours, and made no sound. They reported it to South Wales Police.  

DEFE-24-1961



MOD FILES
March 19th, 23:00
Crymych

Witness was sat with her young son in a stationary car at Hermon, a village near Crymych, when she saw a bright light in the sky. When her husband and friends reached the car they also saw the object; the sighting lasted around 30 minutes.

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DEFE-24-1961



MOD FILES
March 22nd, early hours
Bwlchgwyn

Witness saw a bright white object in the sky. It remained static with strobing red lights beneath it, flashing from side to side, until a jet aircraft approached. The object then moved off at high speed. Witness reported the sighting, which lasted some 15 minutes, to North Wales Police.

DEFE-24-1961



CONTACT
March
Llandrillo

"Mrs Patricia Jones, with her husband and two children in Llandrillo, saw lights above the Bronwen Mountain to the south east - then there was an explosion and all the lights in Llandrillo went out and the village was plunged into darkness. The lights looked like a gas explosion. Apparently the lights in Bala went out as well." 

 Source: SUFON via Margaret Fry - 26 August 2007.



MOD FILES
April 16th, 00:30
Usk

Witness was driving along Anthony Drive Lodge Hill in Caerleon when they saw a white triangular shaped UFO. It was high in the sky, brighter at the corners, and appeared to be over the town of Usk. It travelled at high speed towards the Bristol Channel. 

DEFE-24-1961
DEFE-24-1961



MOD FILES
May 5th, 14:00
Cardiff

Witness saw two slow moving clusters of lights containing approximately 20 tiny stars each, and three separate larger stars moving erratically. They were white and very bright, with one cluster moving north and the other east. Witness reported their sighting to the Met Office, ATC Cardiff, and the South Wales Echo.

DEFE-24-1961



MOD FILES
May 10th, 00:35
Porthcawl

Witness saw two lights joined and a wispy figure of eight outline.  The lights were square shaped and orange / white. It was a clear night and they watched them travelling west to east with the naked eye, and through binoculars. No sound was heard.

DEFE-24-1961



SUFON
Tuesday May 30th, 23:15
Graigwen

'Going outside to check on the sky, as I do most nights [Park Prospect, Graigwen]. I was scanning the night sky, when suddenly, to my right, approx South-West, I observed a deep blue spherical object heading vertically towards the ground leaving a bright yellow/white tail behind it. 

It appeared so large, vivid and close that I waited in anticipation for an explosion - but no untoward sound occurred. Due to the time of this observation, the night is naturally very quiet in this area. It was a clear starry sky and the sighting lasted approx 4 seconds.'

Source: SUFON case files.



MOD FILES
June 22nd, 00:12
Port Talbot

Witness saw a disc shaped UFO in the clear sky. It had a dull white glow and 'multi lights', and was travelling north bound from the sea. They reported the sighting to Swansea Police.  

DEFE-24-1961



PRESS
Sunday July 2nd
Llangollen

Chard & Ilminster News (05/07/95) reported that Sue Hembury-Kellow, an investigator with the Somerset UFO Research and Investigation Network had heard of a sighting of horizontal lines of light in Llangollen. Similar reports had come in from England and Scotland.



MOD FILES
July 28th, 22:15
Monmouth
 
Witness and their neighbours saw three small round UFOs, in orange, yellow and blue, with the naked eye and through binoculars. The sky had a few clouds but was mostly clear, and the objects were generally stationary and in sight for three hours. They reported the sighting to South Wales Police and ATC Bristol.

DEFE-24-1961
DEFE-24-1961



CONTACT
August 6th, 21:15
Trefnant, Clwyd 

Two witnesses, brothers in their 20s - one of whom was a qualified audio visual technician - were watching a commercial airliner in the sky. They then became aware of a small semi-circular object, roughly a quarter the size of the plane's tail fin, about 1000 ft above the aircraft. 

This object moved rapidly, flying past the aircraft, circling its fuselage and zig zagging away form the wings. It then u-turned and flew away at high speed. They saw the object again a few minutes later, this time flying slowly. Each sighting lasted only a few seconds, and they were unsure if the object was silver or dull grey.

Margaret Fry investigated the case and submitted reports to Northern UFO News #177 (October 1997) and Awareness V21/N4:

Northern UFO News #177 Awareness V21 N4




MOD FILES
August 15th, 22:00
Caerleon

Witness was outside on a patio in Caerleon when they saw a very big UFO with very bright lights, which tapered at the rear. The object made no sound.  The sighting lasted around 8 seconds and the witness reported it to Bristol Airport.

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MOD FILES
August 17th, 00:30
Pembrokeshire

Witness saw a white light which accelerated very quickly, then glowed red and appeared to break up and disappear. The sighting lasted around 10 seconds and no sound was heard. Witness reported the sighting to RAF Brawdy who noted there had been a lot of meteorites that night.

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MOD FILES
August 20th, 21st, 22nd
Ystrad Mynach

Witness, a local authority workman and aviation enthusiast, saw a very bright white UFO, three times the visible size of the brightest star in the clear night sky. It moved at medium speed in a gentle zig zag. Witness saw it on three consecutive nights between 21:55 and 23:00, and reported it to Cardiff Airport. The report notes that nothing was seen on radar.

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MOD FILES
August 26th
Carmarthen

Witness saw a very brightly lit ball shaped object with tail. It moved from east to west in a straight line, and at a constant speed. It was reported to Air Force ops who noted the witness 'seemed thoroughly genuine.'

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PRESS
August Sunday 26th
Neath

Clive Topper, a Neath taxi driver, was dropping off customers at 2.30 AM, when he saw a big green luminous ball with a vapour trail. He expected it to burst into bright light like a flare, but the vapour trail disappeared and the object sped away fast in the direction of the Swansea Valley to the north-west. Clive’s sighting was corroborated by another driver, Ken Jarrett, who had also seen the object.



MUFON
Tuesday September 12th, 18:00
Miskin, Mountain Ash
The witness, living in Thomas Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, was alerted by a neighbour who knocked the door. The witness's dog was howling and lights were flickering. On going out, about 30 or 40 of the inhabitants of the street of terraced houses were outside. They were all in the street looking up at a craft directly above them, at an altitude of no more than 500 feet. Circular lights were pulsating in a circular motion. The craft was hazy as there was a layer of strange fog or mist between the street and the object. The witness said it was too low for natural cloud and the outline of the craft was blurred, but it was huge, covering the whole street, and of a dark colour.

There was a very low bass humming sound and everyone was asking what the thing could be. They all stood around watching the craft for about 40 minutes. Then it suddenly took off straight up, disappearing in less than a second. Many of the witnesses reported the sighting and they were all told that there was a local fun fair in Aberdare and the lights were a reflection of lights in the fair. The witness researched this later and discovered that there had been no fair in Aberdare and anywhere nearby on this night.

[This case is very similar to the sighting which occurred on the following night in Waunarlwydd, Swansea and which also had dog reactions reported - E.W. of SUFON]

Source: MUFON via SUFON, reported by witness 23 December 2019.

The original report reads: 

My neighbour knocked my door and asked me to come out and see something. my dog was howling which was unusual for him and lights started flickering. i went out to see most of the street outside in the street looking directly above into the sky. there were circular lights pulsating in a circular motion, it was hazy as there was a strange mist or fog between it and us, too low for natural cloud and it blurred out the outline of what was causing the lights. 

it had a very low bass tone humming, everyone (about 30 or 40 of my neighbours) were all asking what the heck it was - my immediate thought or feeling was of dread and a feeling of "oh not again" but was feeling safer due to everyone being out looking at it - we all watched this huge craft which seemed to fill the sky above us, it was dark colour and its outline was blurred by the fog/mist between us and the object. 

we all continued watching it for over half an hour (40 mins approx) when it suddenly took off in a 90 degree angle straight up and out of sight in less than a second. myself and many of my neighbours reported the sighting and we were all told that there was a local fun fair in the nearby town of aberdare and it was the lights reflecting from this funfair - not able to argue until i did research the fact, but found there was no fun fair in aberdare or any nearby town on that night, so we were left with unanswered questions.



PRESS
Wednesday September 13th, 22:00
Waunarlwydd

Ruth Petherbridge of Swansea Road, Waunarlwydd, and her neighbours, Jonathan and Tracy Shepherd, were walking their dogs when they saw white lights over Waunarlwydd Rugby Club field. Ruth described it as a huge black object as big as the rugby pitch, with flashing lights around it and a circle of light in the middle. 

The dogs, Prince and Fudge, got excited about the lights and had to be put on their leads. They went to get a neighbour, Julie Wagstaff, to show her. Julie described the object as like a giant transparent jellyfish pulsating in the air. 

It was suggested that what they saw was a laser light show that was taking place in Crosshands, but this was about ten miles away.

Source: South Wales Evening Post, 15 September 1995.



MOD FILES
September 15th, 05:30
Cyncoed, Cardiff

Witness was standing in their back garden, near the door, when they saw an unfamiliar aircraft. It was totally white and luminescent, with a flashing head lamp but no navigation lights. It had no engine noise and was flying very low. The report, made to RAF and Cardiff Airport, noted that the witness 'knew her aircraft' and that it 'certainly was not a military or civil aircraft.'
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CONTACT
September 23rd, 05:00
Prestatyn

Margaret Fry submitted this report to Northern UFO News #177 (October 1997):

Case 9544 involves a couple who were parked in a car around 05.00 on 23 September 1995. Being at Prestatyn they had a fine view across the Dee Estuary towards the Merseyside and Lancashire coast. When they saw some unusual lights out to sea they at first thought it was Blackpool illuminations - then possibly an oil rig. There was, in fact an exploration rig 15 miles off the Dee Estuary at this point so that idea must be considered. However, the couple claim that the lights were very strange indeed.

They saw a 'round yellow glowing object' and 'bright white stars' either side of it. To the right were 'eight dull tadpole shapes' and behind them several 'strange vehicles in the sky' (kite shaped). These all had multiple coloured lights. The couple were by now quite frightened having watched the lights for up to two hours. They drove off from the car park in trepidation.



PRESS
September
Deeside

Philip Young, 27, of Summersville Close, Connah's Quay, was driving on the Ewloe to Northrop road when two bright blue lights passed overhead in the direction of Halkyn Mountain. The car stopped dead as they did so.

On hearing that the Cheshire based British UFO Studies Centre wanted to investigate the case, Mr Young said: 

"I'm quite surprised to hear that a national organisation wants to hear my story. I hope that they will be able to come up with answers. I can't explain what I saw as it was so strange and frightening. I've taken quite a lot of stick about this, but I've also been contacted by someone who also saw something strange that night."

Wrexham Evening Leader 18/11/1995



BUFORA
Tuesday October 17th, 20:30
Oswestry

Witness, I.A., was driving her car home to Llanarmon when she noticed a UFO which seemed to be coming towards her. It stayed above her car, at approximately tree-top height, for a further two miles along the A5. I.A. described the object as round with a cloud around it, and it was spinning one way inside and the other way on the outside.

It then simply disappeared. I.A. stressed how unusual it was to see no other traffic on the road - she had never driven the A5 and seen none - and felt as though 'life stood still' throughout the experience. Billie Devlin of BUFORA concluded it was most likely a laser light show from Vic's Nightclub in Oswestry, the source of multiple UFO reports on October 18th.

BUFORA UFO Times #39



BUFORA
Wednesday October 18th
Oswestry

Two shocked witnesses reported seeing a ring of bright white lights in low cloud to Gwynedd police. PC McCloud and a colleague attended, all four witnessing lights in the sky which appeared to be sometimes low and sometimes high up. The police received nine other calls in relation to this sighting.

But, when out at the scene, two other people amusedly told them that it was just a laser light display from Vic's Nightclub on Brook Street, Oswestry.



MOD FILES
Thursday October 19th, 19:20
Bridgend

A 'polite and articulate' witness reported a UFO sighting in Bridgend to RAF St Athan. The sighting lasted around 15 minutes, the witness standing outside their house watching with binoculars. They saw one large object which split into two, they were circular with a glow that was not dazzling.

The bottom of the objects was 'like ET's spaceship', aka round circles that had a green light. They swirled around each other anticlockwise in a circle, and had a slightly sparkling effect. The witness estimated the smaller objects to each be 30 to 40 ft across, and noted that they were also seen by their neighbour, a police constable.

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CONTACT
November 10th, 17:55 
Little Orme, Llandudno

"A man and his girlfriend were the witness to a white light over the Irish Sea. After hovering for several minutes at 18.00 it shot away. Later a brilliant white light 'several times brighter than Venus' was seen above Ross Point. Both witnesses were adamant it was unlike any normal star or planet as they studied astronomy."

 Margaret Fry investigated and submitted her report to Northern UFO News #177 (October 1997).



MOD FILES
Sunday November 19th, 23:25
Sully, Penarth

"An off-duty police officer saw a small, very bright, circular object, displaying the colours, red, blue and yellow, circling south of Sully, around 1 to 1 ½ miles distant, in a clear sky with good visibility. There was no sound or smell associated with the object. He watched the object for 20 minutes. When he reported it to local police at 11.50 PM, he refused to leave his name and address." (SUFON summary.)

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MOD FILES
December 5th, 08:00
Conwy Mountain

Witness saw one very bright light. It moved very fast and flashed on and off. It dimmed as it moved, around 4 miles in 5 seconds, from west to east. Another person was present but did not see anything. Witness reported their sighting to RAF Valley.

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PRESS
December 25th and 26th, 20:30
Twm Barlwm Mountain

Martin Tolley was standing at his kitchen window in Laurel Road, Bassaleg, Newport when he saw three coloured lights in the shape of a triangle. They were revolving and hovering above the mountain. Kerry Blower of the South Wales UFO Group said it might have been Venus, but Martin's description was of multiple objects:

"It was unbelievable. It almost looked like they were talking to each other. I'd had a couple of cans but I wasn't drunk. I went back an hour later and the lights were still there. The next night I saw them again. They were moving in a different way this time and gradually, over the course of about three hours, they moved from one side of the mountain to the other, then disappeared.

My brother-in-law, who's in the RAF and works with planes everyday, said he'd never seen anything like it. I've got lots of books on UFOs and they say first encounters always involve lights. They were so bright they could not have been torches."
 
South Wales Argus 30/12/1995



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